Somehow I was hoping this game would c]happen closer to the end of the year. You know, when the team rallies around the new young coach and GM, they get their shit together, and play as if they are competent, but yet again, we get Seattle early, and we are not on top of our game. We aren’t even on the bottom of our game. Maybe it is somewhere in the side office, but this season looks like the last few. Too many penalties, too many unforced errors, too much defense on the field, and not nearly enough points.
Granted, this shit isn’t turned around overnight, or even over the course of one off-season, as much as I had hoped for anyway, but maybe we can start to see signs of incremental improvement. The run defense was markedly better. However, the pass rush was not there at all. The one blitz we ran vacated the area where the 1st touchdown went, Brian Hoyer looked a lot like his predecessors, and our run game started decent, but did nothing as Carolina got further and further ahead.
So, what now? Well, the 49ers haven’t beaten Seattle since 2013, and they haven’t beaten Seattle in Jet City since 2011, the nascent days of the Jim Harbaugh era. Tavaris Jackson was the Seahawk QB, and we were on our way to the playoffs for the first time in years.
Be that as it may, I don’t think we get out of this one alive. We actually let backup tackle John Theus go, whereas I thought we might make some changes at the guard spot. The only hope is that Seattle’s makeshift line allows us to get pressure on Russell Wilson. I’m not holding my breath that it matters though. Even if we get pressure, we usually lose RW to contain for big runs anyway.
I do think we will improve, but it sure doesn’t feel like it starts in the rain and wind of Seattle. 24-7, Seattle.